IIDA’s April GRA Event: Commercial Design in the Triad: Designers’ Community Impact

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last week Thursday, April 24th, IIDA’s Triad City Center hosted a GRA event,  Government and Regulatory Affairs (now known as Advocacy), to bring awareness to designers.  This event was hosted at Inmar, a technology company headquartered in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem.  The event consisted of three speakers and a tour of the new facility, which was a former RJ Reynolds Tobacco factory building, that houses over 800 employees in more than 240,000 square feet.

IIDA Triad Co-chairs, Christy Gardner (L) & Michelle Christie (R)

IIDA Triad Co-chairs, Christy Gardner (L) & Michelle Christie (R)

The first speaker was Scott MacMeekin, IIDA Carolinas VP of Advocacy, who talked about elevating the profession.  Three points in doing this was striving to be better through education and knowledge, getting involved such as through advocacy, and coming up with a good elevator speech when asked what it means to be a designer.  The second speaker was Travis Hicks, Assistant Professor of UNCG’s Interior Architecture department.  Travis spoke about the importance of designing for corporate interior facilities like Inmar, in a light and comical way through a list of the multiple roles a designer has and is, for example magicians, detectives, etc.  Travis also mentioned CC-ED, Center for Community Engaged Design, as well as Action Greensboro and how IArc is involved.

 

Travis introducing his 2 favorite topics

Travis introducing his 2 favorite topics

The last speakers were Tina Kneisel, Finance Projects Manager at Inmar, and Peter Marsh, VP of Workplace Strategies, who spoke about the design of the new facility.  Some of the things mentioned were flexible space that allowed the sharing of ideas (Inmar was previously broken up into three separate buildings), with 65 meeting rooms the ration is 1:1 meeting seat to building (industry norm is a ratio of 1:6), 36 SF work area with sit/stand stations and adjustable levels of privacy, and ‘neighborhoods’ that included semi-enclosed spaces, enclosed spaces, meeting rooms, amenities, and way-finding among other things.

 

One of multiple examples of flexible space

One of multiple examples of flexible space

Example of singular office space

Example of singular office space

Another example of flexible space

Another example of flexible space

'Neighborhood' floorplan

‘Neighborhood’ floorplan

One of many different meeting spaces

One of many different meeting spaces

Top of Inmar building

Top of Inmar building

View of the center from 2nd floor

View of the center from 2nd floor

Dining area

Dining area

View of center from bottom floor

View of center from bottom floor

Inmar logo used as an interesting detail along hallway

Inmar logo used as an interesting detail along hallway

For more images and information on the project, visit here.

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

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